Mayor Belen Fernandez has expressed profound gratitude to people’s acts of kindness amidst the heavy flooding that submerged most parts of the city starting last week of July this year brought about by typhoon Egay.
Earlier, upon the local chief executive’s recommendation, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) declared a state of calamity in the city last July 28.
The mayor also thanked city government heads and employees, national government agencies, private sector and individuals who extended their time and effort during the relief and rescue operations of the city government that were continuously conducted regardless of the weather.
The mayor commended the following: City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Public Alert Response and Monitoring Center, Public Order and Safety Office, City Health Office, City Nutrition Office, City Engineering Office, General Services Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Legal Office, Human Resources Office, City Agriculture Office, Development Management Office, City Astrodome, Waste Management Division and City Information Office; and national government agencies such as Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Health.
Witnessing the plight of tricycle drivers who had no means of livelihood during the calamity, Mayor Fernandez had sought the assistance of Senator Imee Marcos who personally led the distribution of 2,000 pesos each to some 2,500 tricycle drivers under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program of the DSWD.
Furthermore, the mayor applauded the humanitarian assistance provided by the Embassy of People’s Republic of China thru Consul and Head of Post, Ren Faquiang; Dagupan Filipino-Chinese Musical Association Inc. and the Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc. Pangasinan Chapter; Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (FFCCCII) thru George Chua Cham; Rotary Club of Makati; Unilab Foundation; Senate Spouses/Philippine College of Surgeons – Northern Luzon Chapter; Rotary Club of Dagupan; Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital; SM Foundation; Gardenia; Mama Pina’s Products; Grand 88 Gaming Corporation, PCSO Authorized Agent Corporation – Pangasinan; Pacific Paint Boysen Philippines Inc.; Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) Cares; Office of Civil Defense thru Regional Director Gregory Cayetano; Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Augmentation Rescue team thru Col. Oro; Philippine Army 71st Infantry Battalion; 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company of Pangasinan; PNP Maritime Group; Vasandani family thru Dr. Ashok and Rocky; Fraternal Order of Eagles; Philippine Society of Nephrology; and the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology thru Dr. Rosario Pitargue.
The mayor likewise gave a huge gratitude to Congressman Christopher de Venecia; Congressman Eskimo Estrella of ABONO Partylist for the financial assistance to fisherfolks and dredging operations; Pangasinan Governor Ramon Guico III for the 50 boxes of frozen chicken that will be part of the launching of the ‘Zero Hunger’ program in the different barangays aside from 1,000 food packs and dredging operations; and Vice Gov. Mark Lambino.
Moreover, Mayor Fernandez commended the services of the barangay councils led by barangay captains as well as barangay frontliners like nurses, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, barangay service point officers, barangay tanods and volunteers; and Vice Mayor Bryan Kua along with SP members Michael Fernandez, Jeslito Seen, Dennis Canto, Marcelino Fernandez, Joshua Bugayong and former Councilors Karlos Reyna, Tess Coquia, and Atty. Joey Tamayo.
Relief operations, meanwhile, are still being conducted to cover all 31 barangays, as stated by the mayor.
(Dagupan CIO News)